Important Topic: Rohingya Refugee Crisis

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The Rohingya refugee crisis refers to the mass migration of thousands of Rohingya people from Myanmar (also known as Burma) and Bangladesh since 2015, collectively dubbed "boat people" by international media.

The Rohingya people are a Muslim minority group residing in the Rakhine state, formerly known as Arakan. The Rohingya people are considered “stateless entities”, as the Myanmar government has been refusing to recognise them as one of the ethnic groups of the country. For this reason, the Rohingya people lack legal protection from the Government of Myanmar, are regarded as mere refugees from Bangladesh, and face strong hostility in the country.

India is home to around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims, in spite of not having a concrete refugee policy (India being a non-signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention on the Status of Refugees and ensuing 1967 protocol). This is mainly due to porous borders we share with  Myanmar and Bangladesh.

India’s official stand is they do not consider Rohingya’s as refugees, they are reportedly considering them as illegal settlers and are planning to deport them.

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